Observations and Questions
7:13 – the people are governed by “fear of the Jews” so “no one spoke openly of [Jesus]”
- Notice how v. 13 is meant to be contrasted with the fearlessness of Jesus in v. 14 – “About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching.” (NOTE: people wanted to kill him, see 5:18 and 7:25)
- What’s the secret to Jesus’ courage?
- What is John seeking to teach us with this character contrast? And what’s the application for us?
7:16 – after the Jews marvel at Jesus’ teaching, he says, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.”
- consider the temptation to pride when someone compliments your teaching, insight, words, etc.; oh how humble the our King is to say, “It’s not my teaching”
Father, please help me to be humble when people benefit from my teaching. Help me know, believe and remember that when I teach in helpful ways, it’s because of you: your grace, your wisdom, your kindness, your Word, your Spirit, your teaching. Help me to resemble the humility of my King. Amen.